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Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Mystras September 16th 2013

Monemvasia and Mystras - Day 6 Friday 13th September After having last night's leftovers for breakfast we said goodbye to the lady at our hotel, the Kritikos Apartments, who gave us a large bunch of grapes fresh from some nearby farm as a parting present. We drove over the causeway to Monemvasia which is rather like Mont St Michel in France. It's also known as the Gibraltar of Greece, but as I have never been to Gibraltar, I cannot compare. It rises to 350 meters above sea level and had a population of 50,000 back in the 15th Century when it was in its prime. There is one drivable road wrapped around the rock that you don't want to drop over the edge unless you have a car that is also a boat. One side of ... read more
Monemvasia
Monemvasia
Lower town at Monemvasia

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese September 16th 2013

Lousios Gorge and Olympia - Day 7 Saturday 14th September I wrongly thought my alarm clock was switched on, so we both slept until until just gone 10am. We must have needed it. We had a quick dip in the pool, mainly because it was there and we saw a wide variety of interesting dead insects floating in it. The plan was to go to Lousios Gorge and stay there. I thought the drive would be simple to start with, but we followed the satnav instead of the map. So thus I ended up driving on such narrow mountain roads that were so unnecessary! In some villages it was hard to tell which bits were road and which were going into houses. Some of the properties were really nice and it was hard to wonder why ... read more

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese September 16th 2013

Olympia, Chlemoutsi Castle and Central Greece - Day 8 Sunday 15th September We woke up in the our least favourite stop of the holiday so far feeling a bit grimy. It had been so hot without any aircon, we couldn't open the balcony door because when we did, a massive mosquito zoomed in and attacked my knee. I have enough bites already thank you! A dog was yelping a lot of the night too. So the guy had ignored Glyn's attempts to get his attention last night, but when we wanted to leave and therefore pay, he managed to put in an appearance, get dressed and say goodbye without risking to ask if we'd enjoyed our stay. We drove to the other end of Olympia, Glyn got moved on by the police for stopping in the ... read more
Reconstruction at Olympia
Gymnasium at Olympia
Chlemoutsi Castle

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Monemvasia September 12th 2013

The Peloponnese - Day 5 Thursday 12th September It was so nice to wake up somewhere quiet and nice, although a barking dog did break the silence during the night. We were the only guests at Marino Rooms and so sat alone outside for breakfast. It was pretty simple: bread, greek yoghurt, grapes, cake, marmalade and freshly squeezed orange juice. Coffee was nescafe though. So now was time for my first go at driving, only going less than a mile down the hill to the Ancient Corinth archaeological site. This was a fair size and €6 each to get in. It had your standard doric pillars, stray dogs and knee high walls with accompanying diagrams showing what it was like back in the day. It was pretty empty to start with as we were there at ... read more
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Mangy dog at Ancient Corinth

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Corinth September 11th 2013

Ancient Corinth - Day 4 Wednesday 11th September Today the adventure really began as we dragged our luggage to the nearest tube and took the train back to the airport to pick up a hire car. Like most tubes I have ridden, as it got further out of town, it went over ground. Unlike most tubes I have ridden, the stations were just raised platforms in the middle of the motorway. Both Glyn and I were rather tired because as Glyn said, when you stay in cheap hotels, you get cheap guests. There was so much shouting, banging of doors and general noise intermittently throughout the night, that we did not get a lot of sleep. Our car hire company didn't have an office and the lady who brought the car to us was 45 minutes ... read more
Syntagma Tube Station
Acrocorinth
View from a lower part of Acrocorinth

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Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Pylos June 30th 2013

Ancient Olympia and Patras Peloponnese Peninsula 29 to 30 June 2013 After leaving the Kato Allissa Camp site with its 100 year old olive tree, we headed north up the western coast of the Peninsula, heading towards Ancient Olympia (not to be confused with Olympus in north Greece). For over 1000 yrs Olympia was renowned as a religious and athletic centre. Though it flourished in Mycenaean times, its historic importance dates to the coming of the Dorians, at the beginning of the 1st millennium BC. They bought the worship of Zeus. The 1st Olympian Games, the forerunner of the Olympic Games took place here in 776 BC but was banned in SD 393 by Emperor Theodosius 1, who took a dim view on the pagan festival!! The site had a training pavilion, a stadium where the ... read more
Entry to Stadium where Olympic Games held at Olympia Peloponnese Peninsula Greece (76)
Freeze on the Building of Treasuries at Olympia Museum Peloponnese Peninsula Greece (1)
Nike of Paeonios at Olympia Museum Peloponnese Peninsula Greece (2)

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Kalamata June 29th 2013

Ancient Mystras, Kalamata, Peloponnese Peninsula 28 to 29 June 2013 After arriving at Sparti and driving through this large town, we found the castle and fortress had closed for the day and will be open at 8.00am. We found a Van Park 10 minutes away from the fortress with a pool, restaurant, hot water and excellent WiFi called Castle View Camping. We had a swim in the pool as soon as we had connected to the power. It was wonderful. The next morning, we were in out Camper having breakfast and the Park Manager delivered our fresh, hot bread – beautiful. The Parks we stay at often have fresh bread available in the morning. After breakfast, we drove up to Mystras to see the Fortress and town. This 13th century city built on top of the ... read more
Palace Complex being restored at Mystras Peloponnese Peninsula (1)
Saint Sophia at Mystras Peloponnese Peninsula Greece (3)
View from Mystras Peloponnese Peninsula Greece (3)

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Epidaurus June 27th 2013

Ancient Corinth, Epidavros and Mycenae, Peloponnese Peninsula 26 to 27 June 2013 After leaving Athens (Athena) at about 3.30pm after our fridge was working well, we headed for Korinthos which is the start of the Peloponnese Peninsula which boasts a wealth of ancient and medieval ruins, from the Bronze Age Mycenae to the Bazantine town of Mystras. The next few days was going to be spent seeing were many, many people “have walked before”. Our 1st stop was Ancient Corinth, however the gates were closed at 3.00pm and it was 4.30. Even though it’s summer here and the archaeological sites are said to be open to 6.00 or 7.00pm, we have found they are all closed by 3.00pm. Is this the effects of the GFC? We have seen evidence of abandoned unfinished buildings, camping sites with ... read more
Theatre at Ancient Corinth (19)
Olives, Feta & Tomato with wine at Lefka Beach
Sunset at Lefka Beach near Nafplio (2)

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese June 8th 2013

Today we are setting off to cross the Peloponnese to visit Ancient Olympia, a drive of just over 100 miles. The first part of the journey crosses some fantastic mountain scenery during which, "You are too close to the edge" was playing on a constant loop to my right. Carol would like Greece to adopt her patented alternate lane system where she never has to be in the lane closest to the drop. 125 MILES TO BE PRECISE. I THINK TIM'S COMMENT ON THE ROAD WE TOOK WERE 'THERE'S MOUNTAINS EVERYWHERE AND ABSOLUTLY NO TRAFFIC PEOPLE CANT COME ALONG HERE UNLESS THEY REALLY HAVE TOO.' NO SUN TODAY BUT ITS 33 DEGREES AND RATHER HOT AND STICKY. When we arrived at Olympia the first thing to strike you is how few people were visiting this world ... read more
Carol at Olympia
Tim Holds the Flame Aloft
Carol tests her Bra

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Corinth June 7th 2013

SO NOW WE ARE OFF ON OUR WANDERINGS A FEW DAYS SEEING LOADS MORE PILES OF STONES BEFORE SETTING OFF TO THE ISLANDS. THURSDAY DAWNS (8.30AM) GLORIOUSLY SUNNY AND WE FIND OURSELVES MEANDERING ALONG THE NARROW STREETS OF ANCIENT ATHENS DRAGGING ALL OUR WORLDLY POSSESSIONS (HOLDALLS) BEHIND US, DODGING THE TRAFFIC AND DOGS AND OLD LADIES TRYING TO SELL US STUFF. WE CATCH THE METRO TRAIN TO THE PORT OF PIRAEUS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ATHENS. YOU CANT BUT NOTICE ALL THE GRAFFITI IT IS EVERYWHERE PLASTERING ANY SURFACE WITHIN REACH OF THOSE THAT SPRAY. IS IT STREET ART THEY CALL IT? AS WE ENTER PIRAEUS WE PASS 2 OLYMPIC STADIUMS AND THEN WE ENTER THE CHAOS OF THE PORT OF PIRAEUS. FIRST THING WE DO IS BOOK A FERRY TO SERIFOS. WE PAY, WE ARE ... read more
Ancient Corinth
Some help with lunch
Acrocorinth




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